How to Winterize Bananas in ground in Northern Alabama

danbob35984December 21, 2009

New to this forum, and have been reading various posts about bananas and wintering in ground. We have musa basjoo and sikkemensis that survived their first year last year in the ground by our deck. So they were somewhat protected in a corner. Our temps got down to the coldest near high teens or 20's just a few times. Not often. even tho we have a Mentnone, AL 35984 address, we also live on the east brow of Lookout Mtn. facing Summerville and Rome Georgia. So often the air currents from the valley come up and keep things a bit different from those away from the brow.

Our bananas came back this first year and did great. We weren't sure how they would do. We want to move and divide them next spring over near our swimming pool. But we've had our first cold snaps into the 20's and are ready to try to protect them and save them. perhaps we should have done this earlier, but just didn't get to it. So from what I'm reading, we should cut them back close to the ground, mulch really good with maybe lots of leaves and some pine mulch, and hopefully they will send up new pups in the spring. Then, try to move them to their new location?

Does this sound reasonal to you banana guys? Thanks for any info.

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john_trussville(z7b AL)

Your plan sounds pretty good to me, but I do have a couple of suggestions.

In addition to the leaves, mulch etc, you might want to first lay a garbage bag over the cut pseudostem & then pile on the insulating leaves & mulch. The garbage bag will keep out excess moisture & help preven rot.

Also, unless we have an unusually warm spring I'd wait till the first week of June before transplanting any of them. In other words, wait till the ground has a chance to warm up a little.

Good luck. Hope you have giant bananas next year.

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